Monday, April 15, 2024

Monet Refuses the Operation...

 Monet Refuses the Operation


Doctor, you say there are no haloes

around the streetlights in Paris

and what I see is an aberration

caused by old age, an affliction.

I tell you it has taken me all my life

to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,

to soften and blur and finally banish

the edges you regret I don’t see,

to learn that the line I called the horizon

does not exist and sky and water,

so long apart, are the same state of being.

Fifty-four years before I could see

Rouen cathedral is built

of parallel shafts of sun,

and now you want to restore

my youthful errors: fixed

notions of top and bottom,

the illusion of three-dimensional space,

wisteria separate

from the bridge it covers.

What can I say to convince you

the Houses of Parliament dissolve

night after night to become

the fluid dream of the Thames?

I will not return to a universe

of objects that don’t know each other,

as if islands were not the lost children

of one great continent.  The world

is flux, and light becomes what it touches,

becomes water, lilies on water,

above and below water,

becomes lilac and mauve and yellow

and white and cerulean lamps,

small fists passing sunlight

so quickly to one another

that it would take long, streaming hair

inside my brush to catch it.

To paint the speed of light!

Our weighted shapes, these verticals,

burn to mix with air

and change our bones, skin, clothes

to gases.  Doctor,

if only you could see

how heaven pulls earth into its arms

and how infinitely the heart expands

to claim this world, blue vapor without end.

Lisel Mueller, "Monet Refuses the Operation" from Second Language. Copyright © 1996 by Lisel Mueller.  Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press.

Source: Second Language (Louisiana State University Press, 1996)

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Cracks, Light, Everything...





Leonard connects

What cannot be


Stillness sings...

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Dream scripts..



Reports what 

Seems to be 


Dream scripts


That which is

Without connection...

Friday, April 12, 2024



A word

Creates the 

World anew..

Creating poles

Dancing to

Their own tune...



Are busy with

Various expressions

Of what cannot

Be expressed...

A melding

Of two religions

into one..


Another wording

Arrives to express

What cannot be


Saying too much

Is what happens

When words are

Used to express

Nothing at all...

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Coffee or tea..


Coffee or tea..

The conventional story

Is a choice in time..

Another one:

A mini-story

With a mini

Gap in time for

Choice and retort..

Amazing or not

That is the story of

Choiceless choice

Neuroscience tells...

Playing fast and loose..



Fast and loose

With words..

Freedom might


All at once..